2 Mar 2012

Body to advise iwi on foreign charter vessels

8:32 pm on 2 March 2012

The body overseeing the fishing quota owned by Maori is to advise iwi on the implications of the ministerial inquiry into foreign charter vessels.

Te Ohu Kaimoana says it is likely to support the Government's decision to accept the first six of the fifteen recommendations put forward by the ministerial panel.

They include updating the code of practice, strengthening the immigration approval process and placing an observer aboard all foreign charter vessels.

Chief executive of Te Ohu Kaimoana Peter Douglas says ill-treatment of crew members should never be tolerated.

But Mr Douglas says Te Ohu Kaimoana needs more time to assess the other recommendations in the report.

One suggestion is to ensure all fishing crews are subject to New Zealand employment law.

The report's authors warn such a significant policy change may well have an impact on the economics of fishing.